I would like to thank Oberon Inner Wheel for inviting me to their changeover lunch last weekend and congratulate the incoming President Melita Braun and her committee. I hope the team enjoy a successful year in office. Can I also acknowledge past President Charmayne Hogan and her team for their hard work over the past twelve months. Voluntary organisations such as Inner Wheel contribute so much positivity to our community and often go unheralded. Our community fabric would not be as rich as it is without the hard work of the wonderful volunteers within it.
The Skoda and Tatra Club once again held their annual Christmas in July event at the Titania Motel in Oberon last week….we even managed to turn on a little snow for the event. The future plans for the expansion of the museum on Lowes Mount Road are well in hand. I had the pleasure of launching a booklet relating the journey to this point, at the dinner. If anyone would like to view a copy of this booklet please call into council and I will be happy to show it.
A recent media visit from journalist Angela Saurine, resulted in the Oberon region gaining some great coverage in the “Out and About with Kids” online magazine. Our tourism team hosted Angela and her son at the VIC where staff gave an introduction to fossicking in the beginners luck noodling patch. This experience was pitched to her as a low cost, informative and fun experience for families who are travelling through the region. Angela also visited Jenolan Caves, Jenolan Caves House and Mayfield Garden on her travels through the area. As a result of her trip Angela developed an Oberon feature story titled ‘Limestones and Gemstones” for the magazine. You can find the article in the online magazine by following this link https://issuu.com/oawkids/docs/oawk58-issuu
The first stage of the O’Connell Footpath is now functional with the completion of the 1.5m wide stabilised granite based pathway. The footpath has been constructed on the western side of the O’Connell Road from Box Flat Road to the O’Connell Café and has been highly praised by those resident walkers within the O’Connell Community. Thanks to the staff who worked on the project – a job well done. I look forward to the opportunity for stage two of the footpath as funding becomes available.
Speaking of O’Connell, on Monday council staff and I attended a National Trust Award Ceremony acknowledging the work done by the O’Connell Community supported by Oberon Council on the recent earthen Buildings project. This project was possible due to Heritage Near Me grant funding and sought to assist with fostering skills around restoration of these historic buildings and creating a marked heritage trail in the village enabling visitors to appreciate their unique properties. Well done to Angus McKibbin and his team. Look out for more projects in the future.
Thank you to the many community members and council staff who have kindly volunteered some of their time to ensure the Regional Waste 2 Art Exhibition is a success. The opening of the exhibition is on July 27 at the Malachi Gilmore Hall and can be viewed daily until August 17th. Entry is free.
I am working closely with the NSW Farmers Association – Oberon Branch, to put forward strong submissions supporting a recommendation that came through in the recently released 2016 Independent Regulatory and Pricing Tribunal Report that rating exemptions relating to land making an economic return such as oyster farming and timber logging should be removed. The full report can be viewed online (link below). Several other reports were also commissioned by the NSW Government and have now been released. All well worth a read. Members of the public are welcome to make a submission.